Battery Performance and Safety Course | 8 Week Series

Understand how to assemble battery packs to mitigate failures

✔ Do you want to increase the performance of batteries used in electric vehicles, portable electronics, and stationary storage applications?

✔ Do you want to improve the safety of your battery powered products?

✔ Do you want to save time, money and resources by improving your internal testing capabilities on Battery safety and performance?

✔ Are you a university or college student looking for a successful career in the Electric Vehicle, Stationary Storage, Solar, Aerospace, Defence, Consumer Electronics, Wearable industries?

✔ Are you a professional in the design, validation, quality assurance, or supply chain team of any of the industries mentioned above?

✔ Are you a business owner, or manager of a team looking to increase your knowledge in battery performance and safety?

If you've answered yes to any of the questions above, this course is designed for you.

This course is designed by a team of experts led by an ex-Tesla Engineer brought to you by MakerMax Inc. - a leading online learning platform for EVs popular in North America, Europe and Asia.



Here are some of the topics that you will be learning in this course.

  • What is inside a Lithium-ion cell
  • Construction of different types and form factors of cells
  • Inherent safety features in different cell types
  • How to choose the right cell chemistry for your application in terms of safety and performance
  • Types of cell failures - internal and external
  • Types of module failures - internal and external
  • Types of pack failures - internal and external
  • Mitigating failure propagation from cell to pack
  • Understanding the mechanics of thermal runaway
  • Stages of thermal runaway
  • Mitigation strategies for thermal runaway
  • Case study on Samsung note 7 battery failures
  • Case study on Boeing dreamliner battery failure
  • Case study on Battery factory fires
  • Case study on Electric vehicle fires
  • How to improve internal QA and testing standards learning from SAE, ISO and IEC standards

Here's an introduction to the course



Boeing 787 Dreamliner battery problems - Wikipedia

Boeing Dreamliner Battery Failure (Image credit - Boeing)

Samsung Faces New Questions Over Galaxy Note 7 Fires - WSJ

Samsung Note 7 Battery Failure (Image credit - Samsung)

Delhi Factory Fire Live: Peeragarhi Building Collapse Today Live ...

Battery Factory Devastation in India (Image credit - Financial express)

Another EV, Now A BMW i3, Is Involved In A Fire: Video

BMW I3 Battery Fire (Image credit -

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Tesla Model S battery fire (Image credit -



Section 1 - Deep understanding of a Lithium-ion cell

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✔ Learn how a Lithium-ion cell is constructed inside-out
✔ What type of faults can creep in during the construction of a Lithium-ion cell
✔ What is the role of each of the constituents of a cell
✔ How does the failure of one of these constituents affect the performance and safety of a cell
✔ Various form factors of cells including pouch, prismatic, cylindrical and button - which ones are safer?
✔ What type of faults can creep in during the manufacturing phases of a cell
✔ What are the quality checks that a cell manufacturer should be implementing before shipping cells to you
✔ How do you diagnose a failure to be caused due to field issues vs manufacturing issues

Section 2 - Variations in cell chemistry and its effect on performance and safety

Jelly roll (battery) - Wikipedia

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✔ Different types of chemistry available in Lithium-ion cells
✔ How does cell chemistry effect the cell performance and safety
✔ Are LFP cells safer than NMC?
✔ What about LTO cells make them safer?
✔ How does thermal runaway propagate in different cell chemistries

Section 3 - Assembly of cells to form module and packs

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Image credit - NASA

✔ What are the precautions and tests to be run during the assembly phase of cells to form module and battery packs
✔ What type of errors can creep in during the assembly phase
✔ What are some of the key findings from recent battery failures that you should be incorporating in your battery design
✔ What are the precautions and tests to be run during the assembly phase of cells to form module and packs

Section 4 - Understanding Stages of Thermal Runaway

Battery safety

Image credit - NASA

✔ Breaking down thermal runaway into various stages and understanding what happens at each of these stages
✔ How to slow down or break the negative chain reaction to mitigate a cell failure from propagating to a battery thermal runaway
✔ Thermal runaway being the extreme failure scenario, what are some of the other failure mechanisms of battery packs
✔ How to stop a single cell failure from propagating to a pack failure

Section 5 - Understanding the cell life cycle

✔ What are the different stages in the cell's life cycle
✔ How can you improve the cell's performance and safety at each of these stages
✔ Demystifying the misconceptions
✔ What steps should a cell supplier take to reduce chances of failure during cell manufacturing
✔ How should a pack assembler arrange cells, fuse cells, package the cells into modules and a pack
✔ What precautions need to be taken during cell storage, module storage, pack storage and product storage
✔ How to qualify cells that have reached end of life for second use

Section 6 - Strengthening internal testing and QA procedures

ISO - ISO name and logoWelcome to the IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission

Disclaimer - The images above show the standards that are referred to for Battery safety. They do not signify certification of the course.

✔ Learn how to strengthen your internal QA procedures to reduce the resources, time and money spent on certifications and re-certification of your battery operated products and vehicles.
✔ How to catch failures before your products reach the customers hands
✔ If there is a field failure, how to properly diagnose it so that it doesn't happen again

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Our learning environment is loved by our enrolees. It is intuitive to use and can be accessed through any device, a computer, mobile phone or tablet. Here is how it will help you -

  • Video lectures are recorded in a face to face or lab environment with dynamic lecture slides at the backdrop. This makes the learning environment as effective as the instructor being right next to you.
  • Lab exercises are showcased through videos that allow you to learn in a hands-on way as experienced instructors show you the way.
  • These experiments and many more can then be conducted on hardware kits that are shipped to your address worldwide.
  • Quizzes and assignments provide a checkpoint for you to assess how you are doing in the course and how far your learning has come.
  • Forum and live chat support ensures that all your course related queries are solved in timely manner. Having the right guidance at the right time can make a huge difference in your understanding of the material and save hundreds of painful hours trying to find the right information yourself.
  • Final exam is conducted and a certificate is provided upon passing the course requirements and exam. This is your certification of achievement which is highly regarded in the industry.

Your Instructor

Akshay Gill
Akshay Gill
This masterclass has been designed and crafted by a group of passionate experienced engineers who have phenomenal knowledge of the subject and have been mentoring and training the incumbents in their careers.

The team lead Akshay, has 10+ years of experience in firmware programming ,embedded systems, electronics, communication, automotive, electric vehicles and much more. He has worked on battery systems for Tesla Model S, X and 3. He setup MakerMax with a vision to bridge the widening gap between education and employment for electronics, embedded and computer engineers.

Akshay has always had a practical approach to engineering. His quest for Electric Vehicles began in 2008 when he developed a unique dashboard electric scooters that rewards users when they drive electric. In his Master's at University of Toronto he developed a unique way of measuring impedance characteristics of Lithium-ion batteries on-board vehicles that allow for early prediction of battery failures.

He was a core member of the Battery Hardware and Firmware team at Tesla, where he worked on the Model S refresh, Model X and Model 3 vehicles. He is now the Director at MakerMax Inc., that is enabling an ecosystem for mass EV adoption by creating products such as battery analyzers, characterizers and battery management platforms that enable the industry to create high performance and safe Electric Vehicles. He also runs popular online workshops on Battery Technology to reskill professionals and students in this field.







We stand behind the quality of our courses and are confident that you will find it a valuable experience. We offer a 7 day money back guarantee on this course, so you can take it for a test run without any commitment!


On completion of the course requirements, you will receive a certificate of achievement to help you showcase your strengths, projects, and certifications for finding the right opportunities.

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Enrol today to get the following benefits included!

✔ Battery performance and safety course enrolment with course access included for 1 full year!

✔ Assignments, quizzes and labs guaranteed to 10x your knowledge in an engaging, hands-on learning style

✔ Certificate on course completion with shows your credibility in the space - great for getting job offers, and project opportunities

✔ Top 10% of the class gets access to career opportunities at MakerMax and its partners in Electric Vehicles around the world

✔ Access to the alumni community after course completion with students and professionals worldwide in the EV and battery industry. A well connected network can increase your chances of success more than 50x!

✔ Q&A help and live chat support throughout the course, so you can progress with experts by your side.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact us in the first 6 days of starting the course and we will give you a full refund for the amount paid.
What equipment/tools will I need to complete the course?
You need a computer (Mac, Windows or Linux) , mobile phone or tablet to view the contents of this course and to participate in the course.
How can I get help during the course?
Throughout the course, you will have an opportunity to ask questions in the Q&A discussions. There are five ways to get answers to your questions during the course - Q&A discussion in the course, email to our support team, email to the instructor, live chat support, and from fellow students and community members in the MakerMax subscriber forums.
Are there any prerequisites to the course?
There are no prerequisites to this course, although we encourage you to bring your enthusiasm along!
Is there a certificate provided in the course?
Yes, there will be a certificate provided once you complete the deliverables of this course including passing the final exam.
I am from the mechanical stream, can I take this course?
Yes, most definitely. This course doesn't have any prerequisites and it is designed to be the first essential step in deep understanding of Electric Vehicle powertrain essentials. If you are planning to choose Electric Vehicles as a career path, it is important to start developing an understanding of the electrical and software aspects of EVs as well. This course is designed to be that first step in developing that understanding. If you choose to get the hardware kits, you'll be able to develop an intuitive understanding of the material.
I am a working professional with a busy schedule, what if I'm unable to finish the course in the given timeframe.
This course is designed to be completed over 5 weeks at your own pace and flexibility. We have currently increased the course access timeframe to 3 months to allow more flexibility during the COVID-19 situation. We will be continually monitoring the situation and provide more flexibility to you on an as needed basis. For the hardware kit exercises, you'll have access to a downloadable lab manual and access to our online forums where support is always available.
What help will I get with searching for job opportunities after completing this course?
After you complete the requirements of this course, we will make a portfolio webpage dedicated to you hosted on the makermax job board ( This is where we will help you create the right project portfolio, resume, and references from our side to support your application to opportunities in the EV space. This has proven to help candidates stand out from the crowd when approaching EV, energy storage or battery related companies with the MakerMax team supporting them through the process.